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With Halloween behind us now–I just removed the last of my Halloween decorations, phew–we look ahead to Thanksgiving and Christmas. And if you’re like me and get a teeny bit excited to decorate for Christmas with your little ones, you’ll enjoy this simple but darling kids craft: Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree Ornaments.
Start with 5 popsicle or craft sticks per Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree. I bought a pack of colored craft sticks and pulled out the green ones, but you could have your kids color their own sticks using markers or paint. (Glittery green paint would look awesome, don’t you think? If you can handle some glitter mess, which sometimes I can’t!)
If you have star buttons, they’re just perfect to top this crafty tree with, but other buttons will work, too. You’ll also need a variety of buttons to decorate the “branches” of this minimalist tree. My girls used red buttons from their grandma’s amazing old button stash in her basement. We thought it worked well for a traditional red and green Christmas color scheme, but go with whatever you have lying around!
Here’s the safety portion of today’s post: I used hot glue to adhere the 5 sticks together at the top of the tree and to adhere the other decorative buttons to the branches. My older girls enjoyed doing this project with me and were very responsible with the hot glue gun.
Can you let younger kids do the hot gluing? I’d be nervous to let my preschooler handle the glue gun, but I have heard about ultra low temp glue guns that make it very safe for little hands to use. I will have to check them out myself. If you have used them, please comment below! Thanks!
Lastly, glue on a bit of jute or yarn to hang the ornament with. Let dry.
Popsicle sticks. A variety of buttons. A bit of jute or yarn. Hot glue. Voila, there’s your recipe for easy Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree Ornaments. With a couple of classroom moms or dads to run the glue guns, you could certainly make these in the classroom.
P.S. Is anyone else thinking what cute neighbor gifts these would make? Just say’in. 🙂